Placencia Residents participate in the Hands across the Sand movement

Posted on Monday, May 23rd, 2016

hands across the sand belizeHeld on Saturday, May 21st 2016 across Belize including Placencia Village, the Hands Across the Sand movement attracted hundreds of Belizeans who joined hands to protect and preserve what Mother Nature has blessed Belize with.

May 21st, 2016 marked the 6th anniversary of the Hands Across the Sand movement and according to more than 83 events were held around the globe to say no to filthy fuels and yes to clean energy.

placencia belizeIn Placencia Village, the event was held between Cozy Corner and Typsy Tuna and was sponsored by Oceana Belize.

Hands Across the Sand was founded in 2010 and has grown into an international movement after the BP oil disaster in April of that year. People came together to join hands, forming symbolic barriers against spilled oil and to stand against the impacts of other forms of extreme energy.

Chabil Mar is a proud supporter of Oceana Belize and the Hands Across the Sand movement.

Getting Excited For The Annual Placencia Lobsterfest

Posted on Friday, May 20th, 2016

lobsterfestAs the June sun shines high above the glistening waters and sandy white beaches of the Placencia Peninsula in Belize, one of the most popular events of the year is expected to draw record crowds. The world-famous Placencia Lobsterfest, held this year between June 24-26, will kick off the lobster season with music, games, and plenty of savory dishes made from everyone’s favorite crustacean.

Regular visitors to Placencia know that the area is famous for its abundance of fresh-caught seafood, including conch, shrimp, snapper, grouper, kingfish, lionfish and barracuda. The advent of the lobster season heralds an unparalleled opportunity to sample some of the finest cooking anywhere in the country, with local chefs competing to make the most savory dish from lobster.

Brass Band Chabil Mar Resort Belize

Starting with the ubiquitous boiled lobster served with drawn butter, culinary competitors will tempt festival goers with lobster curry, stewed lobster, lobster ceviche and gourmet dishes elevated to a fine art. Along with all of the seafood, market stalls, restaurants and cafes will also feature fresh local organic fruits, vegetarian dishes, and savory dishes made from chicken, pork and beef.

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“We like to kid our guests about the weight-loss benefits of going to Lobsterfest,” says Larry France, the marketing manager at Chabil Mar Villas, a luxury resort on the peninsula, “because lobster is packed with protein and very low in fat. Gorging on lobster in combination with dancing to all the great local music and participating in sporting events is really a lot of fun.”

Drummers Lobsterfest Chabil Mar Resort Belize
The main attraction of the Lobster Festival is, of course, all of the delicious food but it also has a serious side as well. The festival is organized by the Placencia Village Council to promote awareness of the local population as well as to raise money for charitable causes. A five-mile Walk for Cancer, starting at 5:30 am on June 24, will be held in Seine Bight. In order to preserve the natural beauty of the area, the Placencia Village Council has instituted a “Keep It Green, Keep it Clean” policy for the festival. All food vendors are required to use biodegradable containers and bars are restricted to pouring drinks into reusable “stadium cups”. Bottled water won’t be on sale but thirsty festival goers but can refill their stadium cups or personal bottles at free water stations located throughout the festival area.

Photo by Ben Kim

Photo by Ben Kim

Chabil Mar situated on the Placencia Peninsula just a few minutes’ stroll down the beach from all the action at the Lobster Festival, is an ideal place to stay. Because of the popularity of the Lobster Festival, rooms are filling up fast so be sure to make your reservation today.

Visit our website for more information on the Placencia Lobsterfest, and don’t hesitate to send us an email, or call US/CAN Toll Free: 1-866-417-2377, Local: (011-501) 523-3606, if you have questions or need help in planning a Belize vacation.

Belize International Film Festival

Posted on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

belize international film festival

One of the most exciting festivals in Belize is scheduled to take place November 10-13, 2016 in Belize City. Now in its 11th year, the Belize International Film Festival will showcase a wide variety of films from Belize, southern Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean to promote cultural tolerance and raise awareness. With a focus on the impact that climate change is having in the region, the Belize International Film Festival will also screen documentaries and short films that encourage the development and use of green technologies and social changes to safeguard the environment. The festival will also conduct several workshops and seminars in order to encourage dialogue and a stimulation of regional film-making.

Awards will be given to the best narrative feature, the most notable Belizean film, the best full-length documentary, the best short documentary the best short film, the best animation, the best TV dramatic series, and best music video. Additional categories which will receive awards include a youth audience award (chosen by attendees aged 5-12) and special mentions for the best short film and the best documentary (full-length) feature. The documentary and full-length narrative feature films are open to filmmakers globally while the other categories are restricted to filmmakers in the region. The music video category is restricted to clips featuring an artist from Belize and must be shot on location in Belize.

Interested filmmakers are still eligible to submit their films prior to June 30, 2016. A complete list of the rules and entry forms can be found on the festival’s official website as well as their Facebook page.

For many years, the Belize International Film Festival was held during the summer in Placencia in the southeastern part of the country but at the end of 2015, the organizers decided to return the festival to Belize City, where it was held during its earlier years. The timing of the festival was also rescheduled for November 10-13 because it was “time for a little shake up again,” according to the organizers in a posting on their official Facebook page. The Belize International Film Festival is organized by the Film and Media Arts Unit of the Institute of Creative Arts, a subdivision of Belize’s National Institute of Culture and History.


Where is Placencia Belize?

Posted on Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Where is Placencia Belize

Placencia on the Belize Map

Placencia is a small peninsula measuring about 1 mile across and 16 miles north and south attached to the southeastern corner of Stann Creek District in southeastern Belize. Placencia is approximately 160 miles (by land) south of Belize City and 33 miles south of Dangriga, the capital of Stann Creek District.

Placencia Peninsula

Due to its unique geography, the Placencia Peninsula offers visitors two very different terrains. On the landward side, the peninsula is bordered by several mangrove-lined lagoons, known for their rich abundance of fishing opportunities. The seaward side fronts the Caribbean and offers spectacular vistas and easy access to the nearby Belize Barrier Reef. The beaches of Placencia Peninsula are renowned for their pristine beauty.

Placencia Village

Located at the southern part of the peninsula where it joins the mainland, the small village of Placencia is still primarily a fishing-oriented community. With the advent of tourism into the area, the village is now home to ATMs, restaurants, cafes, luxury resorts, and dive shops.

Placencia Belize Weather

Like the rest of Belize, the Placencia Peninsula enjoys warm temperatures all year-round. The green season runs approximately from May to November, with heavier rains usually found in September and October. Daytime temps average between about 70F (21C) to 83F (28C) and nights range from about 70F (20C) to 77F (25C).

Placencia on the Belize Map (see photo above)

If you look at southeastern Belize and can find the Stann Creek District, it is very easy to spot the Placencia Peninsula. Shaped roughly like a boot with the toe pointing towards the mainland, the peninsula is at the very bottom of Stann Creek District right where it meets Toledo District.

Where to stay in Placencia Belize

Due to its beautiful beaches and fantastic views of the Caribbean, the peninsula has become a growing tourist hotspot. One of the finest resorts on the peninsula is Chabil Mar, which offers guests modern luxury in fully-equipped villas just a few minutes’ beach stroll from Placencia Village.

With close access to some of the finest attractions on the mainland like the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and just minutes away from some of the most beautiful parts of the Belize Barrier Reef, the Placencia Peninsula has become a popular destination in recent years. When not exploring the mainland or the offshore reefs, visitors can relax on one of the many fine beaches, learn more about the Garifuna culture, or pass the time away in one of the bars and restaurants on the peninsula.

Visit our website for more information on Placencia, and don’t hesitate to send us an email, or call US/CAN Toll Free: 1-866-417-2377, Local: (011-501) 523-3606, if you have questions or need help in planning a Placencia Belize vacation.


Canadian Teen Discovers Lost Mayan City

Posted on Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Satellite images compared with Google Earth show potentially man-made structures beneath the jungle canopy. Photo: Canadian Space Agency

Using his deep knowledge of astronomy, 15-year-old William Gadoury recently startled archeologists by discovering a hidden Mayan city located near the coast in Belize, in the southern Yucatán Peninsula. By analyzing Mayan astronomical records, Gadoury realized that the Mayan system of constellations precisely matched the location of 117 different Mayan cities. Using this information, Gadoury was able to predict that a 118th city must exist. After plotting potential locations, Gadoury scoured through satellite photographs to discover K’aak Chi, where researchers discovered a pyramid and more than two dozen buildings lost within the deep jungle.

Archeologists have yet to visit the area of K’aak Chi to confirm the satellite imagery. Gadoury has expressed an interest in visiting the site but will have to wait until funding becomes available to reach the remote site. “To see K’aak Chi with my own eyes would be the dream of my life after spending three years calculating its location,” said Gadoury.

The city was named by Gadoury from a Mayan term meaning “fire mouth”. After a large forest fire in 2005 thinned the jungle cover, satellite photos were able to make out more details of this once-lost city. Mayan experts were startled when they realized that, based on their calculations from satellite images, K’aak Chi is one of the five largest Mayan cities ever discovered.

Modern-day Belize was once the heartland of the Mayan Empire and has the highest concentration of Mayan sites in the region. Top draws for visitors in Belize include the Mayan ruins of Altun Ha, Cahal Pech, Caracol, Lamani and Lubantuum.

The award-winning resort of Chabil Mar on the Placencia Peninsula in southeastern Belize is a great place to begin an adventure. With  luxury beach front villas, the resort offers Belize jungle and sea packages that include tours to all of the top Maya ruins, perhaps you too can discover a lost city on your vacation in Belize.

Chabil Mar also offers a special Belize and Guatemala combo packages that includes a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tikal, once a leading Maya city-state and home to dozens of soaring palaces, temples and buildings.

For more information about Belize or to find out more about Chabil Mar accommodations, Belize vacation packages, rates and amenities, please don’t hesitate to send us an email, or call US/CAN Toll Free: 1-866-417-2377, Local: (011-501) 523-3606.